Episode 451: La Flor Dominicana Capitulo II

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BACKGROUND: The chisel shape has been used on many different cigars in the La Flor portfolio throughout the years. In 2013, La Flor released a limited edition cigar called, Chapter One, a strong blend created by Tony Gomez, son of brand owner Litto. The cigar utilized La Flor Dominicana’s signature cap, the Chisel and contained tobaccos from Brazil, the Dominican Republic and U.S.

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Tony returned in 2014 to release the Capitulo II, another limited edition release. The name Capitulo II is Spanish for “Chapter Two,” a moniker that purposely avoided confusion with the Casa Miranda Chapter Two. The Capitulo II cigar is a box-pressed chisel cigar that is sold in 10-count boxes and comes at a MSRP of $107.00/ box or $10.70 per stick. The blend uses Nicaraguan Colorado leaf for the wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano for the binder, and Dominican tobaccos in the filler.

This week’s featured stogie presents the 6 1/2″ by 58 ring gauge Capitulo II Chisel.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
Lagunitas uses Hardcore Coffee in this beer. Hardcore is brewed with organic beans from Kalani beans of Seattle. The coffee beans are freshly ground and then dropped into the brew kettle.

AVAILABLE: January / March
ABV: 9.2%
Sold as: 22oz Bombers & Kegs.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • NO PODCAST NEXT WEEK: Doc’s 9th Annual Central Coast Herf
  • Doc’s answers a question on Storing Single Cigars in boxes or in trays or drawers in a cabinet humidor.

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
La Flor Dominicana Cigars
Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout

Episode 450: Room 101 Master Collection Three Mutante

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BACKGROUND: The Master Collection Three began shipping nationwide in February 2015. The blend is comprised of tobaccos from three different countries; a Habano wrapper from Ecuador, a binder from the Dominican Republic and filler tobaccos from two growing regions in Nicaragua. As with all Master Collection blends, the experience is designed for those with a more refined palate.

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The new Master Collection Three is packaged in white, piano finish boxes and contain either 20 or 50 cigars depending on the format. This edition is available in five formats and retails from $8.00 to $12.00 per cigar.

This week’s featured cigar is the 7-inch by 38 ring gauge Master Collection Three Mutante.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Aberlour A’Bunadh Single Malt Scotch
Aberlour A’bunadh is a cask strength whisky that has achieved cult status among whisky connoisseurs.

Abundah is made using exclusively oak casks that have previously aged Sherry, but are first fill for Scotch. That is, though they have been used to age Sherry, this is the first time they’ve been used to age Scotch. After aging in these casks, the finished scotch is transferred straight to the bottle at Cask Strength, which is just a hair under 61%ABV or 122-proof.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Drew Estate event at Boyd’s tobacco in Paso Robles, California
  • New article posted on the StogieFresh.info website just a couple days ago entitled: Routine Freezing of Cigars
  • No podcast in 2-weeks because that will be the weekend of my 9th Annual Central Coast Herf
  • Next week will be the last week for buying Early Bird tickets for Crush & Roll West 2015

SPECIAL SEGMENT: “Stogie Beef”

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Room 101 Cigars
Aberlour Scotch Whisky
Crush & Roll West General Information
Buy tickets for Crush & Roll West 2015
New Article: Routine Freezing of Cigars

Episode 449: J. Grotto Silk Lancero

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BACKGROUND: The J. Grotto Silk has an Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade wrapper and a double binder of Indonesian and Honduran tobaccos. All this is complimented by filler leaves from the Trojes region of Honduras and from Jalapa, Nicaragua. All tobaccos are aged a full three years.

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The Silk line’s presentation includes 20-count Spanish cedar boxes and the distinctive J. Grotto bands and box art. This week’s featured cigar is the 7-1/2″ x 41 ring gauge Silk Lancero.

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One sample developed a "mouse hole burn"

One sample developed a “mouse hole burn” but each sample had large tunnels in the bunch

FEATURED LIBATION: Firestone 805
805 is a Blonde Ale also called Golden Ale, which is typically a straw to medium blonde-colored ale with moderate bitterness and maltiness. The style is closely related to traditional mass-market lagers, and was originally intended as a way of transitioning mass market consumers to craft beers. Firestone says that this blonde ale is crafted for the California lifestyle. They say that this is a versatile beer with a clean finish. The beer weighs in at, ABV: 4.7% / IBUs: 20

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc gives an update on Crush & Roll West 2015

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Stogie Beef
Doc introduces a new segment as he joins with Christina Fontecchio to answer common “beefs” about the cigar industry

FEATURED WEB SITES:
J. Grotto Cigars
805 Beer

Episode 448: BG Meyer Gigantes Robusto

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BACKGROUND: The new BG Meyer Gigantes, which from Spanish translates as “Giants,” pays tribute to those trail blazers or towering spirits who lead by example and influence the lives of many. The concept for the cigar comes as a play on the legendary Gigante format, which is traditionally a 6” x 54 ring size cigar known for robust flavors.

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The Gigantes feature a Nicaraguan-grown Habano wrapper, A Brazilian Mata Fina binder and high-grade filler tobaccos from both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The binder and filler tobaccos in the Gigantes blend have been aged a minimum of six years, while the wrapper has been at rest since 2007.

All BG Meyer cigars are hand made in Danli, Honduras. The Gigantes come in 20ct boxes that have been draped with black Oak veneer. This new line began shipping on Wednesday, April 15th and retails from $10.00 – $13.00 per stick.

BG Meyer Gigantes comes in four sizes and the size I’m featuring today is the 5” by 54 ring gauge Robusto.

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FEATURED LIBATION: Night Ryder from BarrelHouse Brewing
ABV=8.0%; IBU=75
This Rye Style Black IPA breaks down and rebuilds the boundaries between roasted dark malts and brilliant, complex, hoppy IPA aromas that were pioneered here on the West Coast. This beer imparts pine and spicy rye complexity with subtle toasted malt sweetness. This beer is the most recent release of our Forager Series.

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

  • Doc talks about the first-ever Crush & Roll West After Party, which will take place at BarrelHouse Brewing Company

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Mathew Jacobs, Lead Brewer at BarrelHouse Brewing

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady
Christina interviews John from Phillips & King, a California-based cigar distributor

FEATURED WEB SITES:
BG Meyer Cigars
BarrelHouse Brewing Company
Crush & Roll West 2015: General Information

Episode 447: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Cigar

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BACKGROUND: The “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar is a long-filler, premium hand made, small batch cigar created at Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua. This historic cigar features a Kentucky Fire Cured Wrapper over a Mexican San Andres base wrapper. All of this covers a filler and binder of well-aged Nicaraguan leaf.

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The cigars are available exclusively from Pappy & Co., and come in two sizes. The cigar I’m featuring today is the 5.25-inch by 52 ring gauge Robusto.

FEATURED LIBATION: Bulleit 10-year bourbon
Bulleit 10 is Tom Bulleit’s selected reserve. Select barrels of Bulleit Bourbon were set aside to age for 10 years. These were aged in charred American white oak barrels. Bulleit10 has the same high-rye content mash bill as the original. And, as a result, you can expect more of the spicy rye character in this bourbon. But you can also expect more oak influence. The original Bulleit is aged for 6-years in oak and the difference of four years of aging in oak is most certain to affect the outcome. The 10-year weighs in at 45.6%ABV.

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING AT STOGIE FRESH?

    • Doc talks about his time in Corpus Christi and the Noche Latina event/

SPECIAL SEGMENT: Talk with the Boss Lady. Christina Fontecchio interviews Scott De La Peña of Hermosa Cigars

FEATURED WEB SITES:
Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Cigars
Bulleit Bourbon
Hermosa Cigars